As with each holiday, I try to find ways to make it special for my kids. At Halloween we carve pumpkins as a family, Christmas we do “Elf on a Shelf”, Valentine’s we have a special supper, where the table is nicely decorated and everyone gets to drink from fancy glasses. Although our Easter traditions already consist of making Easter Story Cookies and having an early morning egg hunt, I thought preparing and nibbling on this sweet and salty popcorn would be fun for the kids too. Leave a bowl of Bunny Bait out, and you might just be able to catch a glimpse of that crafty cottontail.
- ¼ cup popcorn kernels, or 8 cups plain popcorn
- 9 ounces (1½ cups) white chocolate chips
- ½ cup broken pretzel pieces (I used Glutino gluten-free pretzels)
- ½ cup pastel coloured candy (M&M's, Mini Eggs, jelly beans, etc)
- 2 Tablespoons pastel coloured sprinkles
- Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper. Set aside.
- Using an air popper, pop the popcorn kernels into a large bowl. Stir in pretzel pieces.
- In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips, stirring every 30 seconds, until completely melted.
- Pour the melted white chocolate over the popcorn. Stir to completely coat popcorn and pretzels.
- Spread popcorn in an even layer on the waxed paper lined baking sheet.
- Immediately evenly distribute the Easter candy and sprinkles over the popcorn. You have to do this before the chocolate begins to harden, or the sprinkles will not stick to the popcorn.
- Allow to cool completely before breaking popcorn into smaller pieces. Placing the baking sheet in the freezer for a few minutes helps the chocolate to set faster. Store in an air-tight container until it is time to bait your bunny. Enjoy!
Jeanine Friesen, the author of “The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free”, is a recipe developer and freelance food writer from Manitoba, Canada. Her blog, The Baking Beauties, is a collection of gluten-free recipes that have helped her sustain a normal life after the diagnosis of Celiac disease. Jeanine truly believes that no one should have to go without, and has done what she can to help others fill the void that the gluten-free diet can cause.